Doug Hall's shot with 1:36 gone in the second overtime was blocked by Maryland goalkeeper Kevin O'leary, but the ball trickled over the goal line to give North Carolina a 13-12 lacrosse victory over the Terps yesterday before 4,200 fans at Byrd Stadium. Maryland has defeated North Carolina 17 straight times before yesterday.
The victory was the fifth without a loss for second-ranked North Carolina and put the Tar Heels in a position to break the Maryland-Virginia domination of ACC lacrosse. North Carolina, with two league games remaining, already defeated fourth-ranked Virginia (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the ACC) and yesterday it was fifth-ranked Maryland's (5-1 overall, 2-1 league) turn.
Hall's goal, his second of the game, came on a free-lance maneuver. He circled behind the cage and fired a shot from eight yards that the freshman, O'Leary, blocked but could not control. O'Leary, who made 23 saves, dove after the ball along with two other Terps but couldn't grab it in time.
"I spun around, but a guy tried to double me and I just tried to put it low," said Hall, a midfielder who sent North Carolina ahead, 12-11, with 1:36 left in regulation.
Maryland tied the game with 14 seconds left in regulation as Don Sadler fed Jim Wilkerson in an extra-man situation. North Carolina's John Haus was sent off for one minute on a slashing call with 59 seconds remaining.
In the first overtime, North Carolina controlled the ball by winning the faceoffs, as it had done the whole game. The Tar Heels tried several set plays, getting off six shots to Maryland's two in the first extra period, including a shot by Hall that hit the right post with 10 seconds left. In the second overtime, year North Carolina's third-year coach, Willie Scroggs, gave his players the chance to operate more freely.
"He took the ball behind the goal on a dodge or dump play," said Scroggs, an ACC title is imminent for the Tar-Heels. "I hope this is indicative of things to come. We're settling up a few scores. I've never beaten North Carolina State (which still remains on the Carolina schedule) since I've been here. But we had never beaten Maryland and before this year had never beaten Virginia in Charlottesville." m